I love those four words. I love opening a new book, and the excitement of plunging into another world, hoping the author gives me a first-class tour. I am a literary concierge because I love helping other people have that experience too. I recommend books to friends based on personalities, past book preferences and sometimes, a sense that they might enjoy exploring a new area.
And, of course, I love finding new authors and books myself. I discovered several mystery authors at the Key West Literary Seminar (what better place to be in January?). In addition to seeing, and sometimes meeting, authors whose books I already read, such as Michael Connelly, Elizabeth George and Gillian Flynn, I saw authors who intrigued me enough that I added their books onto my to-read list, authors like Malla Nunn, William Kent Krueger and Attica Locke.
In the spirit of paying it forward, here’s a post from In Reference To Murder, listing some book recommendation sites that may help in finding that perfect next book. And for those in central Virginia in March, the Virginia Festival of the Book is another opportunity to discover new authors. I’ll be moderating two panels at the Festival; it’s a great event.